UCLA CTSI, the Southern California CTSI at USC, and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LAC DHS) awarded Safety-Net Health Innovation Awards (formerly Implementation Science Awards) to three project teams to develop and pilot interventions to enhance quality, efficiency and patient-centeredness of care in the county health care system.

Initiated three years ago, the Safety-Net Health Innovation Awards provide each team with up to $75,000 for one year. Projects are expected to provide preliminary data for extramural funding to implement and formally evaluate the interventions within LAC DHS. Between 2015 and 2019, we supported 18 projects* that had an impact on care or outcomes for:

  • 82,000 patients
  • 270 providers
  • LAUSD students

*The first round of DHS pilots did not include USC.

2023 Awardees


Project Title: "Improving Postpartum Care Transitions for Clients with Mental Health Conditions"

UCLA/Olive View- UCLA Medical Center

Project Title: "Improving Care & Addressing Health Literacy in Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis and Surveillance"

2019 Awardees


Project Title: "County-Wide Implementation of Post-Operative Pain Management Guidelines with Reduction of Prescribed Opioids"


Project Title: "The Hotfoot Line: Implementation and Harmonization of an Instant-triage Program to Speed Care and Eliminate Preventable Diabetes-related Amputation in the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services"

2018 Awardees


Project Title: "Curing the Opioid Crisis: Integrative Medicine Services for Outpatient Pain Management"

LAC DHS (Correctional Health Services) / USC

Project Title: "Rapid Engagement of Patients with Substance Use Disorders through Expedited Triage (RESET): A Jail Implementation Study"


Project Title: "Using Behavioral Science to Reduce Inappropriate Antibiotic Use in Acute Care Settings"

2017 Awardees


Project Title: "Time Limited Trials to Reduce Non-Beneficial Intensive Care Unit Treatments Among Critically-Ill Patients with Advanced Medical Illnesses"


Project Title: "Addressing Uncontrolled Diabetes in Primary Care: A Lifestyle Redesign Approach"


Project Title: "Discontinuation of Antimicrobial Prophylaxis After Surgical Incision Closure"